09 October 2007

Finally! The pierogies

No, I haven't left you. Yes I'm very busy.

LOL!

To make these, you'll need to start by making a base for stuffed pastas. This is really very easy:

Base For Stuffed Pastas

This is a great pasta recipe, especially for making homemade ravioli, pierogis, or kreplach. This can be rolled by hand or through a machine, and is very adaptable. Make sure to follow the instructions exactly as written.

4 cups Better Batter All Purpose Flour

1 generous tsp salt

2 large eggs

2 tbsp butter or shortening

2-3 c warm water

Put flour, salt, eggs, and butter or shortening in the bowl of a food processor. Put the lid on and turn the machine to 'on.' Pour just enough water through the feeder spout, in a constant thin stream, until the dough begins to resemble a very thick paste and sticks to the side of the machine. Take out of machine and let sit about 20 minutes. (Alternately: put all ingredients into the bowl of a kitchenaid mixer and mix on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add the water, slowly in a thin stream until the pastelike texture is achieved, then beat for a minute or two more. Let sit)

Proceed with stuffed pasta directions.


Potato And Cheddar Pierogies

Pierogis are stuffed pasta - reminiscient of ravioli, but filled with potato, cabbage, or meat. Originally of slovak and Polish origin, these delicious dumplings are a major part of central Pennsylvanian cuisine. Traditionally, pierogi are boiled and then fried in melted butter. Sheer heaven. These taste like clones of the popular commercial variety available in supermarkets. This is work intensive, so make a lot and freeze them.

5 pounds potatoes

1 onion, finely minced

1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1 recipe Base for stuffed Pastas

Flour, for rolling, as well as a 3 inch round cookie cutter

water or egg white

Optional: butter for frying

Peel potatoes and cube. Boil a pot full of water and cook potatoes until soft, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and mash.

Stir the onion and cheese into the potato mixture and set aside to cool.

Split the pasta in half, and roll out one half at a time. Place the dough on a floured surface (I like to use a silpat) and sprinkle generously with flour. Roll out until the dough is 1/8-1/4 inch thick.

Gently fold the dough in half to mark the center crease and unfold.

Using the cookie cutter, lightly mark circles on half the dough (do not cut through the dough!

Working quickly coat the marked side of the dough with water or egg white and place a large teaspoon (up to a tablespoon) of potato/cheese filling in the center of each circle.

Fold the dough over and press lightly to seal around the pockets of filling.

Using the cookie cutter, cut out the circles of dough. Gather and reroll the scraps, continuing to mark and fill the dough as instructed. Set aside to dry while you make the second half of the pasta.

Boil fresh water for the pasta (about a gallon for each two dozen).

Put the pierogis in the water and cook until they float, about 30 seconds.

Either serve, or fry in melted butter until lightly browned, then serve.




Pumpkin Pierogies

These pierogies are a sophisticated, 'grown-up' take on traditional Polish comfort food. The mellow winter squash is counterbalanced by warm undertones from spices and given a surprisingly delicious kick with the addition of fresh sage. A perfect dish for autumn.

2 pounds potatoes

2 pounds pumpkin, butternut squash, or other winter squash

1 large carrots, minced

1 onion, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

2 eggs

1 recipe Base for stuffed Pastas

Flour, for rolling, as well as a 3 inch round cookie cutter

water or egg white

Bbutter for frying

1 bunch fresh sage

Peel potatoes and squash and cube. Boil in just enough water to cover until soft, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and mash.

Stir the carrots, onion, garlic, spices, and eggs and set aside to cool.

Split the pasta in half, and roll out one half at a time. Place the dough on a floured surface (I like to use a silpat) and sprinkle generously with flour. Roll out until the dough is 1/8-1/4 inch thick.

Gently fold the dough in half to mark the center crease and unfold.

Using the cookie cutter, lightly mark circles on half the dough (do not cut through the dough!

Working quickly coat the marked side of the dough with water or egg white and place a large teaspoon (up to a tablespoon) of filling in the center of each circle.

Fold the dough over and press lightly to seal around the pockets of filling.

Using the cookie cutter, cut out the circles of dough. Gather and reroll the scraps, continuing to mark and fill the dough as instructed. Set aside to dry while you make the second half of the pasta.

Boil fresh water for the pasta (about a gallon for each two dozen).

Put the pierogis in the water and cook until they float, about 30 seconds.

Slice the sage leaves into thin julienne slices and quickly fry in the butter. Add the pierogies, fry in melted butter until lightly browned, then serve.

6 comments:

Karen said...

Those pretzels look amazing! I'm sitting here in awe.

I think I'll try something a little easier though. Those pierogies look equally yummy, and I've already had success at homemade ravioli.

And thanks for the offer of a pumpkin bread recipe - I actually managed to get my mom's recipe to work just by substituting flours. of course, I wouldn't mind adding another to my collection.

Slightly Off Balance said...

thanks! LOL... yeah the pretzels ARE work, but then again, they make a lot and they freeze well, so (IMO) it's worth it. Then again... I won't be making these more than once every great while. I can see why people buy them... ugh *work*

I'll be sure to post the pumpkin bread recipe. Feel free to adjust it to your own flour mix.

Sea said...

oh YUM! These look so delish I'm tempted to toss tonight's dinner plan and make these instead... I may not do it, but I definitely see some punkin perogies in my future!

-Sea

Slightly Off Balance said...

awww...thanks! I've done that from time to time with your recipes! LOL. They're definitely amazing. Feel free to alter the spices to suit, of course.

Deb Schiff said...

Your perogies look so yummy! I'm new to your blog, but I've really been enjoying it. Thanks for posting your recipes.

Slightly Off Balance said...

Thanks, Deb! The pierogies really were good. It's getting colder here, so I always get in the mood for comfort food.

I'll be making Challah this weekend (I never want to do that when it's hot) -- and then turning that into kugel. YUM!

Thanks for reading!